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2 - Friday, November 22, 2013
A court report on Wednesday
confused two men with similar
Christian names. David Grant
Sinclair, of Greymouth, appeared
on a charge of assaulting a woman
but his surname was inadvertently
changed mid-story to Sadler. Grant
David Sadler was also in court but
he was remanded without plea on
On Wednesday, the Greymouth
Star inadvertently swapped the
prison sentences of Westport men
Shane David Saunders and Blair
Matthew Colligan for their roles in
the Operation Marvel drugs ring.
Saunders was sentenced to three
years and ve months in prison, and
Colligan was sentenced to two years
and seven months.
With Greymouth undergoing
signi cant redevelopment, the
Greymouth Heritage Trust has
encouraged people to attend the
group's annual general meeting, on
Monday. Chairman Stewart Nimmo
said it was timely to consider what
heritage values were important to the
town. At the meeting, volunteers will
make presentations on the projects
under way, including the railway
signal box, World War Two pill box,
old railway station, Coal River Park
and the cranes and good sheds. "I
would encourage anyone interested
in our local history to come along
to share with us, and of course
to have supper." Mr Nimmo also
thanked former district councillors
Karen Hamilton and Paul Berry for
their support, and acknowledged
historian Les Wright's "huge
contribution". Mr Wright died in a
tramping accident earlier this year.
e meeting will be held at the
Greymouth Harbour Board o ces
on Monday at 7.30pm.
closes the doors
Another main street Westport
business has closed its doors. Adco,
which sold and serviced tools and
machinery, closed on Monday. It
is one of a handful of Westport
businesses owned and operated
by Exclusive Brethren members.
Adco declined to comment when
contacted yesterday. It is the second
Palmerston Street business to close
in less than three weeks; women's
fashion store West of Eden shut up
shop last month.
REAP gets $9400
WestREAP and Buller REAP were
today awarded $9400 from the
Ministry of Youth Development's
Youth Fund 2014. Buller received
$2400 and Westland $7000.
Flax owers, or harakeke, are
ourishing along the Coast Road.
e Department of Conservation
said they did not know why it did
so well some years, and not at all
during others. e owers are an
abundant food source for the tui,
bellbird, korimako, saddlebacks/
tieke, short-tailed bats pekapeka,
geckos and lots of insects.
Arrivals: One Greymouth vessel.
In port: Jay Penelope, 17 other
vessels. Expected arrivals: Jay Elaine,
tomorrow; Galatea II, Tuesday.
Marae to open in six months
ree men jointly charged with the burglary
of four West Coast farms were further
remanded on bail until February 10 at a
pre-trial hearing in the Greymouth District
All three have entered not guilty pleas to
charges of breaking into o ces at the Shingle
Creek, More Cow I, Kowhai Downs and More
Cow II farms, in April.
James Ashley Findlater, 26, of Westport,
Christian Shannon Leylander, 29, of Reefton,
and Glen Robert Harris, of Totara Flat, have
opted for trial by jury.
Leylander faces numerous lone charges
including selling cannabis, o ering to sell
cannabis, ecstasy and methamphetamine (P),
and stealing a trailer valued at $400, a quadbike
($1000) and jetboat ($4000).
A Hokitika man who indecently assaulted a
young female family member was sentenced
in the Greymouth District Court yesterday to
four and a half months' community detention.
e court heard that the 44-year-old got into
bed with the girl, aged between four and six
years at the time, and simulated intercourse.
Both he and his victim were clothed at the
Lawyer Richard Bodle said the o ender was
in a frail state, both mentally and emotionally,
when the o ending took place about ve years
ago and he was now under the care of the
mental health system.
He was deeply remorseful, fully accepted
his guilt and wanted to be held accountable,
Mr Bodle said.
Judge Alastair Garland said the o ending
would normally warrant a prison sentence but
in this case he could stop short of that.
of the Hokitika Guardian
After almost four years of construction
the $5.5 million Arahura marae is just six
months away from opening.
e marae building itself is scheduled to
be nished early next month.
However, Te Runanga o Ngati Waewae
chairman Francois Tumahai said the
intricate carvings that would adorn both
inside and out, would take another four
months to complete.
"Before Christmas the outside will be
closed up and the carvings will be moved
in. ere are still three car vings left to do,
which will be done inside the building."
A gatehouse at the main entrance also still
had to be car ved, he said.
As is custom, the woodwork --- which has
been four years in the making --- will be
kept under wraps until the o cial opening,
which has been set down for the end of May
It will be the runanga's rst dedicated
marae in 145 years.
Mr Tumahai said after such a lengthy
period of construction, it was exciting to be
so close to the nish line.
e rst sod of the complex, which
overlooks the Arahura River next to the
cemetery, was turned in 2009.
Two years later an an o ce complex,
ablutions, small kitchen, wharemoe
(sleeping area) meeting room and courtyard
was opened as the rst phase of the build
At the start of this year the main
wharekai (dining area) which accomodates
100 people, was completed.
Mr Tumahai said the development had
been piecemeal as funding came in.
e runanga had to contribute at least
a third of the total cost of the project but
received $900,000 early on through the
Lotteries Marae Heritage Fund, followed
by another $300,000 for the second stage
Ngati Waewae was gifted the land on Old
Christchurch Road for the marae in 2007
by the Ellison Taiaroa Trust, which manages
the family's South Island land interests.
e last marae used by Ngati Waewae was
built at Arahura in the late 19th century but
fell into disrepair during the 1930s. It was
demolished prior to World War Two.
In the 1980s the runanga erected the
whare wananga at Arahura, which is still
being used today.
e runanga rst unveiled plans of the
new marae in June 2007.
e 2014 opening is expected to draw
over 1000 people, with dignitaries such as
Governor General Jerry Mateparae and
Prime Minister John Key included on the
Four bailed on burglary charges
Hokitika man admits
indecent assault on girl
A Ngahere man's blatant
disregard for court orders
and sentences resulted in his
incarceration for the rest of the
Jessie Peck, 20, failed to appear
before a Greymouth District
Court judge on Tuesday on two
charges each of breaching bail,
breaching community work,
and driving with excess breath-
At that stage, Judge Alastair
Garland issued an arrest
warrant and asked police to
scour the streets for him.
When Peck was brought before
the court yesterday he faced a
third charge of breaching bail
and one of wilfully damaging a
glass partition at the Greymouth
He and a friend had been
walking past the club when Peck
shoulder charged at a safety
glass panel on the balustrade of
the wheelchair ramp. Peck
bounced o the glass but
charged it again, this time
breaking it. e club sought
Peck said he was unable to get
to court on Tuesday because he
had been at the hospital getting
the cast cut o an injured leg.
He could not provide proof
of that and a probation o cer
said that was in keeping with
his explanation for failing to
complete a community work
sentence. Peck had previously
claimed he had contracted
hepatitis C, but could not
provide a doctor's note to
con rm it.
Judge Garland told Peck he
had written his own sentence.
"You continue to o end and
do damage to other people's
property, knowing that you
have no prospect of paying for
the damage that you wreak,"
the judge said. "Your excess
use of alcohol, unwillingness to
comply with court orders and
the unproductive lifestyle that
you have chosen leave me no
Peck was jailed for three
months and three weeks.
'Blatant disregard for court'
leads to jail sentence
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PICTURE: Janna Sherman
e framework of the new Arahura marae, with the recently opened whare kai,
A man who runs tours to the
world's only colony of Westland
petrels says the rare birds are
entering their most critical stage
and he has asked travellers on
the Punakaiki section of the
Coast Road to be aware of black
shapes on the road at night as
the birds return to nest.
Paparoa Nature Tours manager
Bruce Stuart-Menteath said
edglings were emerging from
their burrows and over the next
few weeks would take their rst
ight out to sea, some time
during the night.
With at least 57 birds, the
season had been quite good,
but before they got away from
land they had to run a gauntlet
of man-made obstacles, Mr
On the ground, the petrels
were vulnerable to cats, dogs
and stoats, and until they had
"perfected their launching
technique via an arduous trial
and error process they are
proverbial sitting ducks".
"Once they get airborne they
must then get past another
obstacle, the power wires that
cross three of the four ight
paths. It seems that the young
birds, not being very strong
yers, y lower than the adults
and regularly strike the wires
and then fall to the ground."
Unfortunately, they found
State highway 6 easy to walk
along and most years some got
squashed by tra c.
Mr Stuart-Menteath said
the third obstacle was arti cial
light, which disoriented the
birds and caused some to crash
He said motorists needed to
be aware that a dark animal on
the road at night in the vicinity
of Punakaiki, and at least 5km
south, might not be simply a
"Property owners can help by
tting a broad shade over any
outside lights in order that any
light will be directed downwards,
and by keeping cats inside and
dogs tied up at night."
Anyone who nds a large black
sea bird wandering around,
seemingly unable to y, is asked
to contact the Department of
Punakaiki motorists urged to watch for black petrels
St Patrick's Primary School pupils Samantha Bergin, Phoenix Smith and Jexylah Garcia
dressed up as Mary Poppins, Batwoman and a fairy princess to celebrate Book Week.
Children and teachers dressed as characters from their favourite books, while in the library
they could browse the latest titles at the annual Scholastic Book Fair. Librarian Nikki
McInroe said the children were excited about the event. "We have a school of completely
fantastic readers." irty per cent of proceeds from the Scholastic fair will go back to the
West Coast Regional Council sta
dealing with seven oods in the space
of 31 days had another headache when
someone deliberately severed a wire,
cutting communications with one of
its ood warning sites as waters rose to
e recent council meeting in
Greymouth heard that the Grey, Buller
and Karamea rivers all reached alarm
levels on seven days last month.
e Karamea River had its highest
ow on record, on October 14.
Planning and environment manager
Mike Meehan said all communication
from the monitoring site was lost
between 7pm and 9pm that day after
someone had cut the wire.
"It's particularly unusual someone
would do that during a ood," Mr
Data was still being collected at the time,
but it could not be sent out electronically.
In addition, a lightning strike at the
Te Kuha site in the Buller Gorge the
same day caused damage, and 10 days
later lightning damaged two repeaters,
causing one of them to lock up.
e problem was resolved by cutting
the link at Hokitika, so all the data from
South Westland that used radio was
stopped, allowing the northern data to
Council sta are investigating options
to reduce the risk of communication
Flood warning site vandalised
PICTURE: Christine Linnell
St Pat's celebrates Book Week
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